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Old 01-07-2013, 11:22 PM   #11
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Well, learn something new every day! I thought that you had to use one or the other too. I'm going to try it next time we are out.
You'll be amazed!

Luckily for me both my gas and electric switches are inside the camper I don't have to mess with going outside or messing with the breaker.


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Old 01-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #12
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Thanks for the explaination!
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I just came across this placard which is relevant. Your water heater isn't an Atwood (with switch outside), but the relative recovery rates of electric, gas, or both is instructive.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:39 AM   #14
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I just came across this placard which is relevant. Your water heater isn't an Atwood (with switch outside), but the relative recovery rates of electric, gas, or both is instructive.
And obviously a 6 gal would have a faster recovery rate then a 10 as pictured.



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Old 01-08-2013, 09:42 AM   #15
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try it on elect only. mine doesn't have a problem supplying enough hot water for showers...but there are only two of us. with the inside gas switched off, u should find out if ur electric element is good. on my first trip out, my elec element was burnt. i had purchased at a travel trailer show and the elec switch had been turned on w/the tank empty.
when i leave the camp site, i turn off the breaker inside the trailer (only because if i don't remember if i shut the hw heater off, it is easier to check quickly w/o going outside).
i don't know if u drain ur hw tank and check ur anode rod but if u haven't, u may want to check it. how much they will wear is dependant on the water where u camp. my first one lasted 7 yrs and had abt 20% left. i was lucky. there are some on here that have had theirs wear out in just a couple trips.
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I just came across this placard which is relevant. Your water heater isn't an Atwood (with switch outside), but the relative recovery rates of electric, gas, or both is instructive.

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Gas or electric or both is acceptable.
I run both for quick heat up then just electric.
During showers both are run at the same time for faster recovery.

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Also, the RV mechanic at our walkthru told us to make sure we have water in the water heater before turning on the electric, as the electric heater will burn itself out in 8 seconds without water.

But don't let that scare you, we camp all the time and use the electric only - I just hook up the hose first.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #18
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When camped at campgrounds with electricity included in the price.....I have always just used the electric portion of my water heater on the trailers I have owned, and save the propane for heating, cooking, etc.

Once you learn how to take 'Navy' showers, you shouldn't run out of hot water.

By this, I mean when you get in the shower, you turn the water on and wet yourself down good. You then turn the water off, usually by just pressing the button on most TT handheld showerheads that will stop the flow of water at the head. By stopping it at the showerhead, you won't have to adjust the cold/hot water taps each time.

You then soap up good, shampoo your hair, etc. Then turn the water on again and rinse off well.

By not leaving the water running the whole time you are in the shower, you aren't depleting your hot water tank nearly as much.......as well as not filling up your grey water tank with basically wasted water, which could have to be dumped depending on your length of stay.

It's just a personal preference thing, I guess......and can be a hard habit to break if you are used to taking long showers at your house, where hot water and drainage are of no concern.

P.S. When turning the water on/off at the handheld showerhead....make sure to turn the water back off at the hot and cold water taps when finished, so you won't leave the water pressure on at the head. Many of the showerheads have a built-in slow drip feature, that even when the water flow is shut off at the head, you will still know the water pressure is on by the water slowly dripping out of the head.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navy_shower

http://www.aboutrving.com/pdfs/OneGallonShower.pdf
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don't confuse available hw with recovery time. obviously if u have more hw available, it will take longer to heat it but longer to deplete it as well.
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Another thing no one has mentioned was purging the air from hw tank if its empty.

I open pressure relief valve at the top the hw heater till water comes out then shut valve. turn on pump if using fw tank or hose if connected to city water.


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